This Year's Model (studio album) by Elvis Costello

This Year's Model
This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 301st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 785 votes)
  Ratings distributionRatings distribution   Average rating historyAverage rating history
Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1978 (4th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (76th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (301st)
Product Details
Availability

eBay
eBay
This Year's Model CD (2006) Value Guaranteed from eBay’s biggest seller!
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 2h 11m 50s
Ships to: Worldwide

eBay
eBay
Elvis Costello This Years Model LP Vinyl VG+ 1978
Condition: Used
Time left: 4h 10m 24s
Ships to: Worldwide

eBay
eBay
Elvis Costello Cassette Lot (2) Armed Forces This Years Model Music Tapes
Condition: Good
Time left: 5h 4m 22s
Ships to: Worldwide

  My favourite store:  

Elvis Costello bestography

This Year's Model is ranked as the best album by Elvis Costello.

Elvis Costello album bestography « Higher ranked This album (301st) Lower ranked (434th) »
-This Year's ModelMy Aim Is True

Upcoming concerts

Apr
22
Thu
19:30
Elvis Costello
House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, United States. United States
Tickets from Ticketmaster Get tickets
 
Apr
22
Thu
19:30
Elvis Costello
House of Blues Dallas, Dallas, United States. United States
Tickets from Ticketmaster Get tickets
 
Discover more upcoming concerts

Listen to This Year's Model on YouTube

Loading content from YouTube...

This Year's Model track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

Sort by
#
Track
Rating/Comments
1.
Rating: 85 (140 votes)Comments: 3
  • Amazon Music
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
3.
Rating: 84 (124 votes)Comments: 0
  • Amazon Music
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
4.
Track pick
Rating: 88 (179 votes)Comments: 3
  • Amazon Music
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
7.
Rating: 81 (109 votes)Comments: 0
  • Amazon Music
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
9.
Rating: 83 (118 votes)Comments: 0
  • Amazon Music
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
11.
Rating: 83 (106 votes)Comments: 1
  • Amazon Music
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
12.
Rating: 79 (98 votes)Comments: 0
  • Amazon Music
  • iTunes
  • Spotify

Track pick Top-rated track as rated by BestEverAlbums.com members.

This Year's Model rankings

This Year's Model collection

This Year's Model ratings

Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 785 votes)
  Ratings distributionRatings distribution Average Rating = (n ÷ (n + m)) × av + (m ÷ (n + m)) × AV
where:
av = trimmed mean average rating an item has currently received.
n = number of ratings an item has currently received.
m = minimum number of ratings required for an item to appear in a 'top-rated' chart (currently 10).
AV = the site mean average rating.

Showing latest 5 ratings for this album. | Show all 785 ratings for this album.

Sort ratings
RatingDate updatedMemberAlbum ratingsAvg. album rating
 
90/100
 Report rating
28 hours ago NHGRANITE  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,09075/100
 
40/100
 Report rating
04/06/2021 11:40 DommeDamian  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 2,18964/100
 
80/100
 Report rating
03/11/2021 02:01 BrunoDMartins  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,94876/100
 
80/100
 Report rating
03/10/2021 23:06 FlapJackJoey  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 33487/100
 
95/100
 Report rating
02/19/2021 19:09 flamingyesdept  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 2,40376/100

Rating metrics: Outliers can be removed when calculating a mean average to dampen the effects of ratings outside the normal distribution. This figure is provided as the trimmed mean. A high standard deviation can be legitimate, but can sometimes indicate 'gaming' is occurring. Consider a simplified example* of an item receiving ratings of 100, 50, & 0. The mean average rating would be 50. However, ratings of 55, 50 & 45 could also result in the same average. The second average might be more trusted because there is more consensus around a particular rating (a lower deviation).
(*In practice, some albums can have several thousand ratings)

This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.3/100, a mean average of 80.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.8.

Please log in or register if you want to be able to leave a rating

This Year's Model comments

Showing latest 10 comments | Show all 45 comments |
Most Helpful First | Newest First | Maximum Rated First | Longest Comments First
(Only showing comments with -2 votes or higher. You can alter this threshold from your profile page. Manage Profile)

Rating:  
80/100
From 11/20/2020 23:40
This is a good collection of energetic songs.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
80/100
From 06/25/2020 22:28
Power pop seems to have been in full swing in 1978. I personally prefer The Cars' debut, but this is a good record too. Pump It Up is a great rock song.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
95/100
From 06/07/2020 06:41
His best ever IMHO, which is no small proclamation. So many great albums. That this isn't among his 3 on "1001 albums you must hear before you die" is ridiculous.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
100/100
From 05/30/2020 09:48
Fav. Track: Pump It Up.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
80/100
From 04/19/2020 17:12
Highlights:

Pump It Up
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
Lipstick Vogue
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
70/100
From 03/09/2020 10:43
Fun rock 'n' roll with an inevitable punk tinge. Pretty forgettable. Really don't know why people are calling this a masterpiece, no clue. I hope it has something to do with his lyrics, 'cause the music can't be it. I would not go as far to say he should've stayed playing in pubs, but he gives me a certain please-the-crowd impression that you see in your local pub rock star. In a time when disco was booming and the critics overpopulated by them who hate it, of course they're gonna throw every pub rocker in the spotlight that can write slightly above average tunes and (supposedly) is a very intelligent writer. And then Pitchfork probably just didn't dare to go against the consensus that was established with its release (and god knows the average music forum visitor doesn't have the spine). So I think the initial reaction which was exeggarated because of the fear to lose rock to disco has now put us in an endless peer pressure loop that forces everyone to love it.
I'll be honest if you are: the album is not exactly '50s/'60s rock 'n' roll; I wouldn't go so far to say you could just as well put on some Presley or Berry, but there is no huge departure, and the bit in his style that is slightly different is half punk mimicry and half the melodic side to it that makes critics shout power pop. Sure, coin a new term for a genre for an incredibly tiny, stylistic change, it wouldn't be the last time this happens. So now the question: Has this style he has inspired a lot of artists that came after? Can you even name one artist whose music has a clear Elvis Costello influence? Sure, some artists say they liked it a lot, but that's not cultural relevance. I think even if you would find one artist, you wouldn't even notice since it is nearly indistinguishable from old school rock 'n' roll.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (1 helpful | 1 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
From 11/27/2019 12:26
Without a doubt this is a step up from the debut. There may not be anything here quite as good as Alison, but overall, the standard here is very high. A lot of credit should go to the Attractions but Elvis is the main attraction of course!
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
From 08/22/2019 21:35
The ENERGY, the WORDS, the DRUMS. Elvis Costello is my favourite kind of whacky-voiced Brit.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +2 votes (2 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
From 07/09/2019 14:11
This comment is beneath your viewing threshold.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | -4 votes (0 helpful | 4 unhelpful)
Rating:  
100/100
From 06/21/2019 13:58
This was awesome. Standouts: Pump It Up, and (I Don't Want To Go) Chelsea.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)

Please log in or register if you want to be able to add a comment

Your feedback for This Year's Model

Anonymous
Let us know what you think of this album by adding a comment or assigning a rating below!
Log in or register to assign a rating or leave a comment for this album.
Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. The Cars by The Cars
3. Parallel Lines by Blondie
4. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
6. Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine] by Kraftwerk
7. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
8. More Songs About Buildings And Food by Talking Heads
9. Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
10. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
11. 3rd by Big Star
12. Hemispheres by Rush
13. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
14. Ambient 1: Music For Airports by Brian Eno
15. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
16. Chairs Missing by Wire
17. All Mod Cons by The Jam
18. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo
19. Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
20. Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
Back to Top